Sci-Tech

French inventor soars above Champs-Elysees on flyboard at Paris parade: AFP

PARIS, France (AFP) — A French inventor and entrepreneur on Sunday soared above the Champs-Elysees on a turbine-engine-powered flying board in front of President Emmanuel Macron and other EU leaders. Former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata, grasping a rifle in a …

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At 82, NASA pioneer Sue Finley still reaching for the stars

by Issam AHMED WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Sue Finley began work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the US prepared to launch its first satellite into orbit in 1958, racing to match the Soviet Union, which had accomplished the …

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Twitter revamps website in bid to mimic mobile app

  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — Twitter on Monday began rolling out an overhauled version of its website, making it more similar to the mobile version of the one-to-many messaging platform. The revamp to the Twitter page accessible on computer web …

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Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe makes second touchdown on asteroid: space agency

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe touched down on a distant asteroid on Thursday, the country’s space agency said, on a mission to collect samples that could shed light on the history of the solar system. “The control room …

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Hard soil, big jumps and epiphanies: what it’s like on the Moon

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Twelve American men walked on the Moon between 1969 and 1972, with most describing in great detail their experiences on the dusty, low-gravity world lit by the blinding light of the Sun. Here are their …

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Great leaps in science thanks to Apollo

by Issam AHMED WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The Apollo 11 mission to the Moon and back 50 years ago went down in history as mankind’s giant leap, changing the way we saw our place in the universe. But the …

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Instagram moves on online bullying with pop-up warning

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Instagram on Monday announced new features aimed at curbing online bullying on its platform, including a warning to people as they are preparing to post abusive remarks. “It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment …

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‘Deepfakes’ pose conundrum for Facebook: Zuckerberg

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday the leading social network is struggling to find ways to deal with “deepfake” videos which have the potential to deceive and manipulate users on a massive scale. …

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Russian, North American astronauts return to earth

by Alexander NEMENOV DZHESKAZGAN, Afghanistan (AFP) — The first crew to blast off to the International Space Station following a launch accident that deepened doubts over Russia’s space program returned to earth safely on Tuesday. NASA astronaut Anne McClain, veteran …

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Hacker used $35 computer to steal restricted NASA data

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A hacker used a tiny Raspberry Pi computer to infiltrate NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory network, stealing sensitive data and forcing the temporary disconnection of space-flight systems, the agency has revealed. The April 2018 attack went …

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Cyprus racers show budget solar cars have a sunny future

by Isabelle WESSELINGH and Emily IRVING-SWIFT NICOSIA, Cyprus (AFP) — Venetia Chrysostomide fastened her helmet and rolled her solar-powered car into the sunny streets of Cypriot capital Nicosia for a race to showcase such vehicles’ eco-friendly potential, even on a …

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Sailing among the stars: how photons could revolutionize space flight

by Ivan Couronne WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a …

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